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Education

  • LLB, 1980
    University of British Columbia

Year of Call/Admission

  • Yukon, 1987
  • British Columbia, 1982

Languages Spoken

  • English

Geoffrey Cowper Q.C.

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Geoff Cowper, Senior Counsel and Leader of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, has served as counsel in a broad variety of significant cases both in Canada and abroad. He is top ranked in dispute resolution by Chambers & Partners; endorsed by Practical Law Company; named 2010 Vancouver Corporate and Commercial Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers; listed by National Post-Best Lawyers in Canada for administrative and public law, bet-the-company litigation, class action litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, director and officer liability, legal malpractice law, and securities law; and featured in The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers.

Geoff was Counsel to commissions of inquiry into the BC justice system's response to the death of Frank Paul, Indian Affairs policy, and Provincial Securities regulation. He has been Counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on cases involving constitutionality of legislation, charter rights, commercial, tort and administrative law issues. Geoff is active in investor-state and international commercial arbitration matters including most recently First Quantum v. DRC Congo; and Loewen v US.

Geoff has lectured on a variety of topics of legal and public interest. He has also served on the boards of a number of community, charitable and legal organizations.

Geoff served as a Director and Chair of the Legal Services Society (LSS) for three terms. In that period LSS developed a national and international reputation for its innovative approaches to cost effective access to justice and the Board provided substantial strategic leadership in defining an outcome focused outlook for legal aid in BC.

Honours and Awards

  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Litigation: General Commercial (British Columbia)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2017 for Litigation and Product Liability Defence
  • Benchmark Canada 2017 named "Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada" in Arbitration, Class Action, Commercial Litigation and Securities in BC
  • Chambers Global 2017 for Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence): Canada and Dispute Resolution: Canada
  • Benchmark Canada 2012-2017 named "Trial Lawyer of the Year", “Litigation Star” in British Columbia and “Litigation Star” for Arbitration, Class Actions, General Commercial, Securities
  • Chambers Canada 2017 for Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) and Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defense)
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2006-2017 for Administrative and Public Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director & Officer Liability, Legal Malpractice Law, Securities Law; named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2017
  • Named as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 Canada 2016-2017 for Dispute Resolution: British Columbia; 2014-2015 for Dispute Resolution
  • Chambers Global 2016 for Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence): Canada and Dispute Resolution: Canada & British Columbia
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2009-2016 Most frequently recommended for Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Director's & Officer's Liability; Repeatedly recommended for International Commercial Arbitration, Class Actions, Litigation - Public Law
  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2009, 2015-2016 for Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Benchmark Canada 2012-2016 “Litigation Star” in British Columbia and “Litigation Star” for Arbitration, Class Actions, General Commercial, Securities
  • Chambers Global 2009-2015 for Dispute Resolution: British Columbia, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)
  • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers 2014-2015 for Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lexpert®: Canada's Leading Litigators 2014
  • Lexpert® Ranked Litigation Lawyers, Report on Business, December 2013
  • Named one of "Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers" in the August 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer
  • Deputy Minister's Award for Outstanding Achievement 2000-2001 Ministry of Indian and Northern Affairs
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1997

Community Involvement

  • StreetoHome Foundation, Director, 2008-present

Membership/Affiliations

  • Chair, BC Justice Reform Initiative, 2012-2016
  • Legal Services Society, Director & Chair, 1998-2002 & 2003-2008
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Provincial Chair of British Columbia 2005-2007

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